NHL NEWS NOVEMBER 21, 2022 – MALKIN CELEBRATES 1,000TH GAME WITH A GOAL
On the night the Blackhawks raised Marian Hossa’s No. 81 jersey to the rafters, Evgeni Malkin (1-0—1) had his own reason to celebrate as he scored in his 1,000th career game and helped Pittsburgh (9-7-3, 21 points) earn a win in Chicago for the first time since Feb. 27, 2009.
- Malkin became just the second player in Penguins history to skate in 1,000 career games with the club, joining captain Sidney Crosby (1,127 GP), as well as the 64th player in NHL history to skate in at least 1,000 contests with one team.
- Crosby (1-3—4), who already owns the most four-point outings among active skaters (37), recorded his fifth three-plus point performance of the season, matching Connor McDavid and Mikko Rantanen for the most among all players. It also marked the 59th three-assist game of Crosby’s career, tied with Steve Yzerman and Jaromir Jagr for the 10th most in NHL history.
- Malkin’s teammates paid homage to his unique pre-game warmup routine, getting loose “Geno style.”
ROOKIE TARASOV MAKES 47 SAVES ON #NHLSTATS: LIVE UPDATES
A 47-save performance from Blue Jackets rookie netminder Daniil Tarasov helped him earn his second career win and was highlighted on Sunday’s edition of #NHLStats: Live Updates. Only four goaltenders this season have recorded more saves in a game: Anton Forsberg (53 on Oct. 29), Andrei Vasilevskiy (52 on Nov. 3), Anthony Stolarz (48 on Nov. 5) and Carter Hart (48 on Oct. 27).
A BUSY MONDAY UP AHEAD
Twenty teams will be in action to open the week on a busy Monday night, with no shortage of lengthy streaks on the line as the Devils, along with Mitchell Marner and Jason Robertson can all extend double-digit runs.
- Marner, who has found the score sheet in each of his past 12 games, will aim to match his career-high point streak Monday (also 13 GP from March 15 – April 9, 2022). In fact, only six players in Maple Leafs history have recorded a longer point streak than 13 contests. Marner can also become the fifth skater in the past 30 years to record multiple 13-plus game point streaks in a calendar year – he would join Patrick Kane in 2019 (20 GP & 15 GP), Leon Draisaitl in 2019 (14 GP & 13 GP), Dave Andreychuk in 1992 (18 GP &16 GP) and Pierre Turgeon in 1992 (18 GP & 13 GP).
- Robertson can become the ninth different player in Stars/North Stars history to record a point in 12 or more straight games should he find the score sheet when the Stars welcome the Avalanche and the first since Patrick Sharp in 2015-16 (12 GP). Only three players in franchise history have recorded a point streak of 12-plus contests at age 23 or younger: Brian Bellows (20 GP in 1985-86), Steve Payne (13 GP in 1979-80) and Jude Drouin (15 GP in 1970-71).
- The Devils come into Monday’s contest riding a 12-game winning streak and can match the longest run in franchise history (13-0-0 in 2000-01). New Jersey is scoring 4.25 goals per game since the start of their run on Oct. 25 (51 GF in 12 GP) – the best pace among all teams over that span. Should the Devils keep up the pace and score at least four more against the Oilers, they would establish their highest-scoring 13-game stretch in more than two decades when they recorded 61 goals during part of their franchise-best win streak in 2000-01.
KARLSSON CLOSES IN ON 30-POINT MARK OF THE SEASON
Erik Karlsson (11-17—28 in 20 GP), who tops his club along with all defensemen in points, will welcome his former Senators to SAP Center just two points shy of 30 points in 2022-23 – he’s recorded more multi-point outings so far this season (9 GP) than games without a point (7 GP). Should Karlsson reach 30 points, he would require the fewest contests to hit the benchmark in a campaign by a Sharks skater.
Crosby, Buchnevich and Jones Named NHL ‘Three Stars’ of the Week
Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, St. Louis Blues left wing Pavel Buchnevich and Seattle Kraken goaltender Martin Jones have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 20, 2022.
FIRST STAR – SIDNEY CROSBY, C, PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Crosby led the NHL in goals (t-4), assists (7) and points (11) across four games to propel the Penguins (9-7-3, 21 points) to a 3-1-0 week. He scored once in a 5-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs Nov. 15 to surpass Bryan Trottier for sole possession of 17th place on the NHL’s all-time points list. Crosby then registered 2‑2—4, his 36th career four-point performance and first of the season, in a 6-4 win versus the Minnesota Wild Nov. 17. He collected two assists in a 3-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets Nov. 19 before closing the week with 1-3—4, including his 80th career game-winning goal (tied for 36th place in League history), in a 5-3 triumph against the Chicago Blackhawks Nov. 20. The 35-year-old Pittsburgh captain and two-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner ranks seventh in the NHL with 10-17—27 through 19 total appearances thus far in 2022-23.
SECOND STAR – PAVEL BUCHNEVICH, LW, ST. LOUIS BLUES
Buchnevich recorded 3-4—7 in four contests to power the Blues (9-8-0, 18 points) to a perfect week and their sixth straight win overall (dating to Nov. 10) on the heels of an eight-game losing streak. He posted two assists in a 3-2 triumph over the Colorado Avalanche Nov. 14. Buchnevich then was held off the scoresheet in a 5-2 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks Nov. 16, but rebounded with a goal in regulation as well as the decisive shootout tally in a 5-4 win versus the Washington Capitals Nov. 19. He capped the week with his second career four-point performance, compiling 2-2—4 as well as his 12th career game-winning goal in a 6-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks Nov. 19. The 27-year-old Buchnevich has collected 4-7—11 in 12 total outings this season and is averaging more than a point per game since joining St. Louis in 2021-22 (34-53—87 in 85 GP).
THIRD STAR – MARTIN JONES, G, SEATTLE KRAKEN
Jones went 2-0-0 with a 1.90 goals-against average and .932 save percentage to guide the Kraken (10-5-3, 23 points) to a pair of overtime wins. He turned aside 28 of 30 shots in a 3-2 triumph against the New York Rangers Nov. 17. Jones, in his seventh straight start (dating to Nov. 3), then made 27 saves in a 3-2 victory over his former team, the Los Angeles Kings, Nov. 19. The 32-year-old Jones, who signed with Seattle in July, has compiled a 9-4-2 record, 2.30 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and one shutout through 15 total contests thus far in 2022-23.